Supporting Safe Communities and Safe Lives

The Safe and Thriving Communities Division is a new division that consolidates HSD's safety investments. The division was created in response to the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 and ensuing community advocacy efforts that urged the City to focus on BIPOC communities and shift safety investments into community-based organizations. The division will respond to community requests for the City of Seattle to reduce funding to the Seattle Police Department and reinvest in community building efforts using nearly $22 million in annual investments.

Community Forums

HSD hosted forums in November to engage community on the leadership and structure of the division:

Hiring a Division Director

HSD is seeking a compassionate, innovative and experienced leader to serve as the first director of this new Safe and Thriving Communities Division.

An ideal candidate is a servant leader who actively listens to understand and puts the community's interests first; is unafraid to focus on Black lives; and believes that communities should determine how they are best served.

The Division Director will be responsible for leading and resourcing the new division while working with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan for community safety investments. Stakeholders will include people with lived experience, community-based organizations, City colleagues, and other funders.

The Division Director will be responsible for continuously reimagining how the division operates to provide effective service in a changing environment while centering BIPOC communities. This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racial equity. Knowing the core principles of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.

Learn more about this incredible opportunity in the online job description.

Please continue to monitor this page for updates and next steps.

Crime Survivor Services

Crime Survivor Services (CSS) is a new unit within HSD's Safe and Thriving Communities Division. The creation of this unit aligns with the City of Seattle's commitment to reimagine public safety. The unit is comprised of two programs: the (9) system-based victim advocates and a trauma response team made up of (70+) community volunteers. CSS works with survivors of domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual exploitation, sexual assault, human trafficking, internet crimes against children, and child abuse, as well as hate crimes, robbery, and surviving family members of homicide victims. CSS system-based advocates are embedded in the Seattle Police Department investigative units. They work closely with the detectives and prosecutors to ensure that survivors have a voice in the criminal process and their rights are protected.

Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

The HSD Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (MODVSA) serves as a funder, a community partner, a convener, and a thought leader. As a funder, the office invests more than $9 million annually in efforts to prevent, intervene, coordinate, and hold offenders accountable. Investment and Contracts staff plan investments and fund nonprofit agencies to provide community-based advocacy services. Our key partners include over 35 nonprofits, public agencies, hospitals, coalitions, and universities. Annually, our contracted partners provide services to more than 10,000 survivors and their families.